These days booking travel is so much easier. When trying to find the right accommodation you should always consider what is most important to you. Are you looking for a beach resort, an area offering more action, or somewhere quieter. Do your research, look at a map, google and read reviews. Find hotels that fit your budget, consider the amenities they offer and what’s important to you on your holiday.
Like most places New Orleans has many options to suit every traveler. The Garden District is charming, quieter and boasts lavish gardens and mansions. Upscale shopping, boutique hotels and contemporary options fill the business district or choose to surround yourself with history by staying in the oldest part of New Orleans, the French Quarter.
For us the decision was easy. We were kid-less on our honeymoon and wanted to be in the middle of the crazy so the French Quarter it was. After much research we booked a court-side room at the Maison Dupuy two blocks from the hustle and bustle known as Bourbon Street. This would also allow us the option of returning to the hotel any time we were exploring the French Quarter to freshen up for round two. Or head to the hotel bar and pool and call it a day.
Blocks away from the French Quarter
Originally built as the nation’s first cotton press, the Maison Dupuy is nestled in a charming, residential section of the French Quarter. It boasts a gorgeous courtyard, marble fountain including a refreshing saltwater pool surrounded by tropical gardens and plants. Cabana beds and comfortable pool side furniture are easy to cozy up to on the hottest of days. The onsite restaurant Bistreaux, serves local, organic Louisiana-style comfort food all day and features a Jazz Brunch on Sundays.
It’s a very central location making it easy to explore near-by restaurants, shops and local attractions. All within walking distance are Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, the French Market and the Riverwalk on the Mississippi River. The House of Blues and Frenchman Street offer up some New Orleans music while the Central Business District and Superdome are a short ride on the New Orleans Street car. At the same time it’s far enough away from hustle and bustle for those who prefer to retire to their hotel in the evenings after touring around.
This boutique hotel is full of old world charm and sophistication. Rooms feature pillow-top beds, flat-panel TVs and views of the courtyard or the French Quarter. It offers a 24 hour fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi and internet, restaurant, bar, pool side bar and some rooms even have a jacuzzi tub. The staff are very friendly from the moment you arrive until you check out.
From Simple to Magnificent
We booked a room facing the courtyard with a King size bed. We checked into our room after a long day of traveling two days after our wedding, only to discover the air conditioner was frosting up and the over-flow tray overflowing from the ceiling into our bathroom. We called the concierge who sent maintenance up to see what was going on. Long story short story there was no fixing this issue anytime soon. Much to our surprise the team in the hotel decided to not only move us to another room, but because it was our honeymoon, move us to a suite! Back then it was called The William Faulkner Suite 518, now it might be known as the Honeymoon Suite, I am not sure but the next morning we were on our way to Suite 518. What service and how thrilling to be on your honeymoon and get this amazing treatment! Most of my photos are dark, because this was before smart phones.
Nourish your soul at Bistreaux
An important aspect of any hotel for us is the restaurant in the hotel. Breakfast on balcony the beautiful courtyard or picturesque French Quarter was a real treat as was the restaurant itself. The murals, in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec, gives it a Parisian cafe vibe. Live entertainment and a jazz brunch on Sundays really sealed the deal for us. The food options fit the bill. So good.
For adventure travelers seeking a rustic, historical stay in the French Quarter, the Maison Dupuy is a wonderful boutique hotel to consider. It has everything you need for a comfortable, stress-free getaway in the heart of NOLA.
Website: Maison Dupuy
Address: 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70112